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Quick hits: Sabres 4, Jets 2

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WINNIPEG, Manitoba -- The Buffalo Sabres finally found a way to score some goals and get a win in MTS Centre.

Marcus Foligno's goal at 4:12 of the third period snapped a tie and the Sabres went on to a 4-2 win Sunday afternoon over the Winnipeg Jets in a game played through a charged-up atmosphere for the return to town of Sabres winger Evander Kane.

Kane could have found the empty net in the last minute but passed to Sam Reinhart -- setting up Reinhart for a hat trick goal with 25.7 seconds left.

The howling, chanting sellout crowd of 15,294 was not rewarded for its game-long din. Instead, the fans watched the Sabres snap their six-game losing streak overall and get their first win in the building since the Jets returned to the NHL in 2011.

The Sabres were 0-5 in their previous games here -- and were outscored, 19-4. In fact, this was the first time Buffalo has ever scored more than once at MTS and their first win in the city since a 7-3 win on Feb. 10, 1993. That game, played at old Winnipeg Arena,  saw Alexander Mogilny score four goals and Pat LaFontaine pick up five assists and six points.



No more January blues: The win snapped Buffalo's 15-game January losing streak. The Sabres lost all 12 games last year and were 0-3 this year.

The winner: Foligno rifled home a big rebound of a Brian Gionta shot kicked into the left faceoff circle by Jets goalie Connor Hellebuyck. He did a Lambeau Leap into the end glass after his goal, his third of the year and first since Dec. 4.

In the net: Linus Ullmark made a career-high 42 saves to get the win and snap a four-game losing streak. The rookie improved to 6-10-2 on the season.

First-period blues: The Sabres entered the game with just 15 goals in the first period, the fewest in the NHL, but got a pair from Sam Reinhart to take a 2-1 lead. It was their first multi-goal performance in the opening 20 minutes since Oct. 29 in Pittsburgh -- 32 games ago.

Calling his shot: During his daily pregame briefing with reporters, Sabres coach Dan Bylsma had some prescient thoughts about his team's start.

"I can talk about the cliche of taking the building and the fans out of it. I don't know if that's going to be a possibility," Bylsma said. "Our real focus has to be winning the game and winning the first period ... really dictate where the game is played, how it's played and get in the offensive zone. We have to have that mentality of winning the first period."

Sam I Am: Reinhart posted the second multi-goal game of his career to push his season total to 12, third on the team. He took a Johan Larsson feed and burned Hellebuyck with a quick snapshot at 1:37 to give the Sabres and early lead, and then scored on a power play at 14:29 as his pass to Jamie MCGinn in the slot deflected home off Jets defenseman Tobias Enstrom.

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Silky Stafford: In between Reinhart's two goals, the Jets got even on Blake Wheeler's deflection of a Bryan Little shot at 5:21 of the first. But the play was set up by a spectacular behind-the-back and between-the-legs pass from former Sabres winger Drew Stafford.

All tied up: The Jets got even at 2-2 on Mathieu Perreault's power-play goal 56 seconds into the second period but that was the only one of their 18 shots on goal in the period to beat Ullmark.

Home not kind: Winnipeg was coming off a 2-2-1 road trip and opening a stretch of nine home games over its next 10 outings. And the Jets came into this one 11-5-1 at home this season before Buffalo broke through.

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